Most wacky collectors are familiar with the Wacky Packages Reprint Series of 1979 and 1980. There were four different 66 sticker sets which were reprints of the famous 1973-1976 Original Series, and the titles were numbered consecutively from #1 to #264. The only new title was Ice Krunkles, which was a Lost Wacky unused from the original 12th Series in 1975.
A Wrapper proof showed up a few years ago, with production code 0-490-21-01-0. This would designate the wrapper to the Reprint Series, but nothing else was found.
Then Topps shocked the Wacky World in June of 2004, when they auctioned off a paper checklist for a 1980 5th series which was never published. It was pasted on the back of a football card, and another identical checklist was auctioned a year later in June of 2005.
This set only had 55 stickers, but the most interesting aspects are the titles. There are over a dozen Wackys from the Die-Cut & Original 1st Series on the list! Had this set actually been issued, many of today's rare wackys (Band-Ache, Jolly Mean Giant, Moron Salt) would not be so highly prized.
Wacky Packages Series 5 Checklist (circa 1980 - unpublished)
|265 - Jail-O||284 - Kooloffs All-Brain||303 - Satan Wrap|
|266 - Skimpy||285 - Light and Dizzy Yoga||304 - Totarillo Cigars|
|267 - Quacker Oats||286 - Gurgle's Baby Food||305 - Earth Barn Shampoo|
|268 - Grave Train||287 - Demented Tomatoes||306 - Pounds Cream|
|269 - Dull Pineapple||288 - Pure Hex Bleach||307 - Smell Oil|
|270 - Graft Cheese||289 - Spills Bros. Coffee||308 - Petley Flea Bags|
|271 - Fruit of the Tomb||290 - Sneer Detergent||309 - Catgobite Detergent|
|272 - Hex-Lax||291 - Bone Ami Cleanser||310 - Old Grand-Mom|
|273 - Bathless Ribbons||292 - Dr. Popper||311 - Gillo Port|
|274 - Maddie Boy||293 - Skip Ink||312 - Argh Coarse Stench|
|275 - Hired Root Beer||294 - Greaseline||313 - Jungle Brute 88|
|276 - Moron Salt||295 - Bum Beans||314 - Blank Crow Candy|
|277 - Slum-Maid Raisins||296 - Fishey-Prize Toys||315 - Flopp Marshmallow|
|278 - Jolly Mean Giant||297 - Painters Nuts||316 - Leek Oil Dripper|
|279 - Coronation Milk||298 - Nutt's Apple Sauce||317 - Emptimo Cigars|
|280 - Schmutz Beer||299 - Swiss Fright Cheese||318 - El Polluto Cigars|
|281 - Cracked Jerk||300 - Family Circuit||319 - Caged Dog Food|
|282 - Band-Ache||301 - Cult 45 Beer|
|283 - Exceedrin||302 - Moron Chicken Dinner|
Oddly, the Checklist named Sticker #305 as Earth Bum, which had already been printed as Sticker #191 in the 3rd Series of this set. It is assumed that this was a typo (common with Wacky Packages), and the intended title was Earth Barn.
In February 2005, we got to see the Series 5 puzzle. Topps auctioned a black and white prototype sheet of 3 uncut Sneer Puzzles. Back in 1980, this would have been the first wacky puzzle to feature a parody of a non-Topps product.
Notation on Front --
STRIP IN FROM STICKER CARD #290
Can reissues be considered Lost Wackys? So far it seems that nothing from this series ever made it to the final stage. But I just couldn't resist printing up a few wrappers and puzzles, with checklists on the back.